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Memphis fast-food workers determined to keep pushing in campaign for higher wages, union rights

Memphis fast-food workers determined to keep pushing in campaign for higher wages, union rights

Church's Chicken manager Daniel May seemed pleased with the turnout and what he viewed as the unity that existed among participants in a Memphis reflection of widespread strikes and protests at fast-food restaurants on Thursday.

"It's like this very positive vibe-to know that you're fighting for justice, and you're in that fight together. You have a special camaraderie with that person."

Memphis fast food workers walked off their jobs to campaign for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without retaliation. Organizers say the move part of a "wave of strikes and protests" in 150 cities across the U.S. and 33 additional countries on six continents.

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Birmingham’s ‘living history’ greets Mission Possible’s 34th Annual Spring Seminar

Birmingham’s ‘living history’ greets Mission Possible’s 34th Annual Spring Seminar

Operating on a shoestring budget, the 34th Spring Seminar of Mission Possible: Christian Outreach Service Mission (COSM) is one its participants will long remember.

Philanthropist and founder Thelma Nelms was inspired to take this year's conference (April 25th -26th) to historic Birmingham, Ala. It proved a rewarding decision, followed by a weekend of successive "miracles."

Beginning with the kick-off at the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, seminar attendees settled in for a moving opening ceremony in the church fellowship hall. It was there on Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963 at 10:22 a.m. that the church became known around the world when a bomb exploded killing four young girls and injuring more than 20 others attending Sunday School.

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This Weekend In Memphis!

This Weekend In Memphis!

FRIDAY

"Make The Right Call" Rep. GA Hardaway Concussion Awareness Luncheon
11:00am-1:00pm | Lebonheur Hospital Community Room

* Memphis in May BBQ Festival
All Day | Tom Lee Park (Riverside Dr.)
Admission is free from 11:00am-1:00pm, however, after 1pm tickets are $10.

 

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Twin brothers’ mural a picture of ‘Collaboration’ for Methodist South

Twin brothers’ mural a picture of ‘Collaboration’ for Methodist South

Methodist South Hospital recently hosted a ribbon cutting and consecration ceremony to celebrate the completion of its lobby and first floor renovations. The 9,500-square-foot renovation project cost $2 million and took approximately ten months to complete and no two people were happier to be involved than local artists Terry Lynn and Jerry Lynn.

The Lynns, a.k.a. TWIN, contributed a mural they painted titled "Collaboration," with Terry Lynn putting words to what was clearly obvious: "We are excited to be a part of Methodist South's redesign and opening celebration."

The mural, said Lynn, "represents the collaboration of physicians, healthcare leaders, and staff who make this hospital a vital part of the Memphis – and particularly Whitehaven – community."

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NFL sports camp at Whitehaven aims for real value

NFL sports camp at Whitehaven aims for real value

The "Make The Right Call" NFL sports camp slated for the Whitehaven High School football field on Saturday (May 17th) is designed to be more than just the usual punt, pass and kick event.

That's according to the organizer, Gene Robertson III, who envisions that as the case both for the pro athletes giving their time to the event and the kids and parents planning to attend.

The camp is free to boys and girls ages 10-14 years of age. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with on-field drills in fundamentals, specific position techniques and healthy toning techniques all on the teaching agenda. A free lunch will be offered, coupled with a mentoring symposium crafted to expand the childrens' minds about the possibilities sports can bring.

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Common Core a ‘Crystal Stair’ for a Memphis school

Common Core a ‘Crystal Stair’ for a Memphis school

In the last school day before Mother's Day, 8-year-old Frankie Munthe was eager to share his interpretation of "Mother to Son" with his classmates. He explained that it's about "roadblocks," referring to the poem's first line: "Well, son, I'll tell you. Life for me ain't been no crystal stair. It's had tacks in it, And splinters, And boards torn up, And places with no carpet on the floor – Bare."

Written in 1922 by Langston Hughes during the Harlem Renaissance and now regarded as a classic work, the poem is commonly taught in schools, but students may not encounter it until after junior high or even college. However, the introduction of Common Core State Standards in Tennessee has afforded even elementary school teachers the flexibility to use curriculum in ways that foster critical thinking skills and require students to explain and defend their observations.

"I find that they can feel and identify with that poem," Graham Farnsworth, Frankie's teacher, said of his second-grade class, "and things that are higher level. Did they hit that poem like they would in a college class? No. But did they get things out of it? I can still teach the standards but also get them to learn a little bit of something about their history and our history as Americans."

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Frontier Airlines to add Washington DC service at MEM

Frontier Airlines to add Washington DC service at MEM

Frontier Airlines announced Tuesday morning that it is adding four weekly flights between Memphis International Airport (MEM) and Washington Dulles Airport (IAD), beginning Sept. 8.

The flights will run on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. In making the announcement, Frontier cited strong passenger response to its initial flights between Memphis and Denver, which began in March.

To introduce Frontier to the market, the airline is hosting a 12-hour, today-only sale with flights from IAD to any of the new cities for just $15* each way. Tickets must be purchased by 10:59 p.m. (CST) on May 13, 2014, for travel through Nov. 19, 2014. Additional introductory fares as low as $39* will be available at www.FlyFrontier.com through May 17, 2014.

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